Sunday, May 2, 2010

Banking Cord Blood with Cryo-Cell

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Cryo-Cell International. All opinions are 100% mine.

I didn't know about banking cord blood when my son was born; if I had, my husband and I would probably have considered it.  If you're not familiar with it, here's a short explanation (from the Cryo-Cell website):
Cord blood, or umbilical cord blood, is blood that remains in the umbilical cord and placenta at the time of birth. This blood has typically been discarded following delivery. But once scientists discovered it was a rich source of stem cells, umbilical cord blood became a viable substitute to bone marrow in thousands of successful transplants.
Cord blood stem cells are already being used to treat more than 70 diseases, including many types of malignancies, anemias, inherited metabolic disorders, and deficiencies of the immune system.  We're talking about well-known diseases such as leukemia, Hodgkin's disease, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and sickle cell disease, as well as numerous diseases that aren't as well-known.  And research is continuing to seek new ways to use cord blood stem cells in the treatment of disease.  I know that certain forms of stem cell research are controversial, but the use of stem cells from cord blood is not.

There are public cord blood donation options, which generally involve no up-front payment.  However, banking your newborn's own cord blood with Cryo-Cell ensures that--if your child needs cord blood in the future--his own donated stem cells will be available.  That guarantees a match.  In addition, if another of your children needs cord blood stem cells, there's a 1-in-4 chance that those cells will be a match.  Public donations of cord blood offer no such assurances.

In February, Cryo-Cell was donating $25 from each enrollment to the “Save the Children: Haiti Relief Fund.”  While this campaign is no longer available on the website, there are ongoing promotions.

So if you're expecting a baby, or if you know someone who is, I encourage you to learn more about banking umbilical cord blood.

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